A Gainesville man is accused of manufacturing an explosive device and marijuana after components and plants were reportedly found by authorities.
Zachary Benjamin Ruben, 31, is charged with manufacturing and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. He was booked Wednesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.
Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad agents conducted the investigation Wednesday that led to a home in the 2000 block of Pinecrest Drive in Gainesville.
Authorities reportedly found a homemade explosive device and components for a second explosive device, which Lt. Don Scalia labeled as “pipe bombs.” Authorities also allegedly discovered a homemade silencer, a shotgun, two rifles, four pistols and a bullet-resistant vest.
“It just seems to be something he was doing as a personal hobby or something that he just decided he wanted to try out and do,” Scalia said.
One of the pipe bombs appeared to have been completed, taken apart and then reassembled, Scalia said. Finding the items was a “surprise,” he said.
“The information that we had developed was that they were growing and/or selling marijuana from that residence, so we started investigating in that way, and we developed enough information to get a search warrant issued to us,” Scalia said.
Two marijuana plants and some loose marijuana discovered had an estimated street value of $9,050.
Ruben was also charged with manufacturing an explosive device and possession of a homemade silencer.
No further arrests or charges are expected, Scalia said.